Providing Education and Consulting Services to Enhance Career and Life

In partnership with Adoption Associates

Understanding the Responsibility of Parenting Transracially

Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 9:00 am – 1:10 pm

Evergreen Ministries - 4512 48th Ave, Hudsonville, MI  49426

4.0 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $20 general registration + $20 per person fee for CE Clock Hours

Presenter: Angela Tucker, Director of Post-Adoption Services, Founder of the Adopted Life

For more information or to register, contact Alivia Gerrits at 616-667-0677 or

Adopting transracially requires adoptive parents to give attention to and have ongoing discussions about race and culture. A prerequisite to these activities is a willingness to reflect on one’s own privilege, to understand and identify examples of colorism, to have knowledge about how stereotypes inform implicit bias, and to deal with how those biases impact familial and societal interactions. The presenter will share her perspective in an effort to help participants gain a deeper understanding of the responsibility of parenting transracially, increase their awareness about the difference between intent and impact, and develop strategies for identifying and curbing micro-aggressions.  



In partnership with the Daniel B. Sobel Friendship House

Practical Tips for Curbing Anxiety

Monday, November 19, 2018 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Daniel B. Sobel Friendship House – 6892 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield, MI  48322

1.5 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $0, there is no fee to attend

Presenter: Carolyn Daitch, Ph.D.

For more information, or to register, contact The Friendship House at 248-788-7878 or visit  

Anxiety destroys the normal enjoyment of life through the fear, worry, obsessive thinking and avoidant behavior that anxious people experience. Simple activities like going to the grocery store, taking a child to her first day of school, or meeting a friend for lunch trigger a barrage of frantic “what ifs.” This workshop will explore the subtleties of working with this pervasive category of disorders that affects an estimated 20% of the population. It will also focus on the effect that uncontrolled anxiety has on intimate relationships.

In partnership with Linda Yellin, LMSW and Feet On The Street Tours

Come Hungry, Leave Happy, Learn Healthier Eastern Market Walking Tours

Saturdays, November 17, 2018

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

2.5 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $29.00

9:15 am - meet inside Rocky's to check-in; 2489 Russell Street, Detroit, 48207 (across from Shed 2)

Presenter: Linda Yellin, LMSW

For more information or to register, contact Feet On The Street Tours at 313-393-2055 or visit

Participants will increase their awareness of the market district and efforts for expansion of the buy local food processing/distribution efforts, as well as the master plan for bike paths and trails to connect the waterfront with midtown and Eastern Market.  The tour will introduce participants to, and help expand their knowledge of, vendors, their products, and unique foods.  Participants will explore the "immigrant experience" of some vendors and shop keepers and how that impacts Detroit and the region.  The tour will increase participants' sensitivity of cultural and ethnic diversity and help to expand knowledge of community gardens and products to increase health.

In Partnership with Oakland Mediation Center

There are CE fees in addition to general registration fees

Location: Oakland Mediation Center - 550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302

To learn more about, or register for, OMC trainings, visit or contact Lindsay Gabbard at 248-338-4280 x214 or

How Mediation Training Benefits Social Workers

The communication, facilitation and negotiation skills of a mediator are valuable and transferable to Social Workers.  Oakland Mediation Center asked past Social Work training attendees to share how they have used mediation training in their practice and this is what they shared:


Katherine Morgan a practicing Social Worker...As a Social Worker practicing in the field I use mediation skills daily to assist with program development, task delegation, employee retention efforts and positive conflict resolution to de-escalate concerns.  Mediation skills allow me the ability to better organize conversations with community members in order to create impactful outcomes and models of program delivery.


Susan Konop a retired Social Worker...The training reinforces good listening skills, maintaining neutrality and ways to re-frame situations to help the clients come to a resolution.  The training also increased self-awareness and helped with values clarification.  I think the training includes many skills used and needed for Social Workers and takes them into a new arena and offers depth and enhancement to skills they have.  Another plus is the incredible teacher and teaching techniques and excellent materials used to communicate and teach the skills.  It was definitely a 5 star experience! 


Conflict Management in Special Education

December 7, 2018 from 1:00pm-5:00pm

Oakland Mediation Center - 550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302

4.0 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $0 + $15 CE fee

Presenter: Megan Dennis

When planning for children with special needs, it is crucial that IEP Team meetings go well. This highly interactive workshop is designed to impart skills that help the IEP Team effectively manage conflict prior to, during and after the IEP meetings.


Basic Conflict Resolution Workshop

November 1, 2018 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Oakland Mediation Center - 550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302

6.5 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $149 + $25 CE fee

Presenters: Charity Burke, Megan Dennis

This highly interactive one-day training is specifically designed to equip individuals with the necessary skills to communicate and manage conflict effectively. This training is ideal for any adult in the school, business or community sector looking to enhance their communication and conflict management skills.


General Civil Mediator Training

Tuesdays, November 6, 13, 20, 27 & December 4, 2018 from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Oakland Mediation Center - 550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302

36.0 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $1,095 early bird fee, $1,195 non-early-bird fee + $115 CE fee

Presenters: Charity Burke, Megan Dennis

This 5-day, highly interactive training is designed to teach participants the skills necessary to act as mediators in facilitating the resolution of divorce and custody issues. This training is the first step for any individual who wishes to learn the skills of a mediator, mediate privately or qualify for the circuit court roster approved list of mediators. The State Court Administrative Office (SCAO), Michigan Supreme Court, approved General Civil Mediation Training Participants will receive a detailed mediation manual, jump-drive containing reproducible mediation forms, certificate of attendance, as well as breakfast, lunch and refreshments.